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The Importance of Public/Private Partnerships

July 1, 2015 | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

John Jackson, Executive Vice President of Fusion Risk Management,  discusses public/private partnerships and their importance in business continuity planning.  He talks about some of the ways business continuity professionals can leverage these partnerships to improve their programs.

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USDA: Record Soybean Crop Planted, Progress Slowed by Rain

July 1, 2015 9:10 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, but it's not clear whether they'll all sprout because persistent rain in some Midwestern states has flooded fields and slowed plant development.

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Teens storm Georgia Wal-Mart in wild rampage of destruction

July 1, 2015 9:06 am | News | Comments

Authorities in central Georgia say up to 50 teenagers bent on destruction raced into a Wal-Mart in Macon, smashing merchandise and causing an estimated $2,000 in damage.  Sheriff's officials said one of the teens later told a Wal-Mart employee the goal was to see how much damage they could cause.

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Heavy Rains in Central China Kill 15, Leave 19 Missing

July 1, 2015 9:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Four days of heavy rain have caused severe flooding in central China, killing at least 15 people and leaving 19 others missing, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs said.  Millions of people have been affected by the heavy rains since Friday and tens of thousands were relocated.  

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Critical Skills for Business Continuity Professionals

June 30, 2015 11:55 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Ken Simpson, Principal Consultant for the VR Group, discusses emerging issues and what skills he thinks business continuity professionals need to focus on to improve programs and work more effectively with those in other important industries.

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Family of Businessman Killed in Train Crash Sues Amtrak

June 30, 2015 11:49 am | by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a businessman killed when a speeding passenger train derailed near Philadelphia accused Amtrak of negligence and outrageous conduct in a wrongful-death lawsuit.  The May 12 crash killed eight people, including businessman Robert Gildersleeve Jr. of Elkridge, Maryland, and injured more than 200.

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Washington Wildfire Destroys Structures, Forces Evacuations

June 30, 2015 11:47 am | by Bob Seavey, Associated Press | News | Comments

A wildfire fueled by high temps and strong winds roared into a central Washington neighborhood, forcing more than a thousand people to flee their homes and destroying a dozen structures, authorities said.  At least a thousand people have left their homes in Wenatchee, about 120 miles east of Seattle.

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Two Dead After Man Sets Self on Fire on Japanese Bullet Train

June 30, 2015 11:45 am | by Ken Aragaki and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A man set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train in Japan, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, a fire official said.  At least 26 other people were injured, three seriously, mostly from smoke inhalation, Odawara Fire Department official Ikutaro Torii said.

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Unrelenting Rain Leads to More Flooding in Midwest

June 30, 2015 11:42 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A wet June turned worse after strong weekend storms drenched the Midwest, strengthening worries that already-serious flooding won't go away anytime soon.  It seems to be unrelenting: More rain is forecast for later this week in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, "possibly a lot," National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said.

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Egypt Sees Sandstorm and Earthquake on the Same Day

June 30, 2015 11:33 am | by Merrit Kennedy | News | Comments

 Egypt faced treacherous weather conditions as a sandstorm blanketed the north of the country and a magnitude-5.2 earthquake centered in the Sinai peninsula shook buildings more than 200 miles away in the capital, Cairo.  At its peak, the sandstorm covered the capital in a thick orange cloud, dramatically reducing visibility.

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Lufthansa to Offer Germanwings Crash Compensation this Week

June 30, 2015 11:31 am | News | Comments

 Lufthansa is preparing to make a compensation offer this week to relatives of those who died in the March 24 Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps.French prosecutors believe the plane, operated by the Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings, was intentionally crashed into a mountain 24 by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, killing all 150 people on board.

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Feds Shut Down Background Check Database over Flaw

June 30, 2015 11:20 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The federal personnel agency whose records were plundered by hackers linked to China says it has temporarily shut down a massive database used to update and store background investigation records. The agency says a newly discovered flaw left the system vulnerable to hackers.

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Cyber Threats Not Stopping Any Time Soon

June 25, 2015 11:23 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It has been an interesting couple of weeks in the realm of cyber security, particularly for government agencies. It’s yet another reminder for business continuity professionals that these attacks aren’t going away and are almost surely going to become more common, more damaging and more difficult to stop.

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The Worst Floods of 2015 (So Far)

June 25, 2015 11:17 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Difficult to prepare for and impossible to stop, floods are among the most dangerous disasters that business continuity professionals can face.  A bad flood can shut a business down for days and keep employees out of the office for much, much longer.  Here are the five worst floods of 2015 so far.

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US Personnel Office Not the Worst for Weak Cyber Security

June 25, 2015 11:07 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government has for years failed to take basic steps to protect its data from hackers and thieves, putting at risk everything from nuclear secrets to the private tax information of hundreds of millions of Americans, records show.

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Storm Cleanup Begins in PA, NJ; Nearly 400K Without Psower

June 25, 2015 11:04 am | by Shawn Marsh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Powerful storms that thundered through eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut downed trees and power lines, leaving nearly 400,000 customers without electricity and disrupting mass transit service in all three states.  The strong storm system was the same that had spawned tornadoes in the Midwest, including at least nine in northern Illinois.

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